Well, I don't know if I ever blogged about our Visa-gone-wrong trip to Houston in June but it was a nightmare. Sneaking around, trying to take off work without people finding out why we had to go to Houston so urgently only to be turned away at the Visa office because our marriage license was in English and not in French. (The website said Either/ Or)
Seeing as we had little time in July amidst goodbyes, weddings, vacations, and packing... we were not able to make it back down to the consulate so we took our chances at getting things sorted out over here in France. This morning we FINALLY had our interview with the customs representative. I was under the impression that our formal letter to come meet with them was to finalize my extended stay Visa and to interview me to determine my level of French so she could place me in an appropriate class level. I had butterflies all the way to Tulle and brought my French curriculum Kristin is teaching me and studied up with Logan on our way there.
As our appointment began, I could tell something was not right. Basically, they called us in to tell us in person that our paper work is not sufficient and I am currently here in France illegally. Well- HAPPY THURSDAY right? They also wanted a first hand account as to what happened in Houston and what day I arrived in France. I thought about lying so they wouldn't kick me out, but my conscience had the best of me.
The problem: We had our marriage certificate translated once we got here but NOT TRANSCRIBED. What is the difference? I am not sure. Something about a legal document?
What does this mean? If we cannot get our marriage license transcribed quickly OR get the "Prefect" (sort of like the District Governor) to approve my application knowing the background of my case, it looks like I will have to fly to Houston to sort this out. Talk about jumping through HOOPS!
Until then... it is in MY best interest to flee the country... so folks, it looks like we are headed to Spain for the weekend! That way when I return, I can stay for 90 days without a Visa.
The positive in this is obvious: We HAVE to go to SPAIN. Now my French/English/Spanish is REALLY going to get jumbled up!